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Faroes stun Greece, Germany thrash Gibraltar

Germany's hat-trick hero Andre Schurrle

The Faroe Islands did the double over stunned former European champions Greece with a 2-1 home victory in their Euro 2016 Group F qualifier on Saturday.

The Faroes showed that their 1-0 win in Greece last November was no fluke as they again beat the Euro 2004 winners, who are bottom of the group without a win on two points from six games.

Hallur Hansson put the Faroes ahead after 32 minutes and Brandur Olsen added a second goal in the 70th before Sokratis Papastathopoulos reduced the deficit six minutes from time.

Greece nearly scored in the first half as Nikos Karelis’s shot was blocked on the line and Kostas Mitroglou hit the woodwork just before the Faroes scored on the break when Hansson turned in Solvi Vatnhamar’s cross.

In the second half, Faroes keeper Gunnar Nielsen turned a Karelis drive on to the post and Vasilis Torosidis thought he had scored but his effort was disallowed for a foul.

Greece pushed forward for an equaliser but conceded again when Solvi Vatnhamar set up Olsen to shoot past Orestis Karnezis. Papastathopoulos headed in a corner late on to reduce the arrears but the hosts held on.

The Faroes are now fourth with six points, five points behind third-placed Hungary who earlier won 1-0 in Finland. Romania lead the group with 14 points ahead of Northern Ireland on 13 after the top two sides drew 0-0 in Belfast.

Germany’s Andre Schuerrle scored a hat-trick for the world champions in their 7-0 thrashing of Gibraltar in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D on Saturday.

Bastian Schweinsteiger had a penalty saved by keeper Jordan Perez after 10 minutes but Germany were gifted a goal after an unforced error by Ryan Casciaro allowed in Schuerrle who finished clinically after 28 minutes in Faro, Portugal.

The floodgates opened after the break when Max Kruse rolled the ball home from close range and further goals came from Ilkay Gundogan and Karim Bellarabi.

Schuerrle knocked in two more from close range and Kruse completed a brace with a sweetly-struck volley from the edge of the area.

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